Emma and mines (Aimee) first open water triathlon! So we were both very nervous. Would we manage to get into our wetsuits in time for the start of the race? Would we get kicked and swam over during the swim? Would we manage to get our wetsuits off in under 20 minutes during transition? It would turn out to be better than we had feared.
The location (Ragley Hall, Alcester), was beautiful. The swim course was a nice rectangle, which allowed the speedies to spread out quick, giving us room to try and swim in a straight line!
Julian did the Olympic distance, which started before our nice short Sprint distance. We arrived in time to see Julian off. Then it was time for us to get ready.
The swim was ok (though i forgot how to do bilateral breathing), but the swim time included a long (320m) run to T1 (hence why our T1 times are so quick, and our swim times are slow). This was very hard. Running in a wetsuit and trying to get if down to your waist whilst running was hard! Though they did have 2 people in the water exit, hoisting us out of the water. I wish pool triathlons provided this service!
The bike route was lovely. Not one single flat stretch, but just continuous, up and downs on nice quiet country roads.
The run was equally as lovely, off road, through the grounds of Ragley Hall.
Emma and I were back and eating chocolate fingers (that Emma had stolen from the finish line) in time to watch Julian finish.
A great day had by all. A brilliant first race of the season from Emma (due to illness). A very well organised event. Definitely a race for all of the BASCTRI members next year. With half iron man to sprints, there is a distance to suit all.
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